I know, you didn’t ask for it, but I’m back with another (mini) mock draft. After watching two trades go down on Friday, with the 49ers jumping from No. 12 to No. 3 and the Dolphins moving back to No. 12 before jumping up to No. 6 in a trade with the Eagles, the opening 12 picks of the draft just experienced a massive shake-up. So I jumped back in the mock drafting seat and gave you an updated look at what I think the new top 12 picks could look like following a pair of blockbuster trades.

Reminder: this mock draft, like my 32-team mock draft from Wednesday, is a prediction of what I think will or could happen, not a statement on what I would do as the GM of any of these teams.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence

No change here. This pick has been locked in for months.

2. New York Jets – BYU QB Zach Wilson

You might not care about QBs’ pro days at all (I don’t really either), but Wilson’s was reportedly awesome, and I think he was the Jets’ pick at No. 2 even before that.

3. San Francisco 49ers – North Dakota State QB Trey Lance

I’m just reading between the lines here, but people in-the-know seem to be gravitating heavily toward Trey Lance to the 49ers at No. 3. Lance is a difficult evaluation, as he only started for one year in a run-heavy offense at North Dakota State against lower level competition, then played just one game in 2020 due to COVID-19 (in which he struggled). But the 49ers play-action heavy offense could be a great fit for Lance, who gives them a rushing element with his legs that Kyle Shanahan has not had in his last few stops. The ceiling is sky-high as a passer too.

San Francisco is also reportedly hanging onto Jimmy Garoppolo with the expectation that he will start for at least the upcoming season, which gives them time to bring Lance along before throwing him to the fire.

4. Atlanta Falcons – Florida TE Kyle Pitts

I still think there is a great chance that Atlanta trades down from No. 4, but the question is who will come up? Detroit seems to be accepting of the fact that most of the top QBs will be gone by the time they pick. Carolina would love to come up, but is Atlanta going to help a division rival? I don’t think the Falcons are quite as committed to rebuilding as everyone seems to think they should be, even if they move back.

Adding Pitts would be a monster move to keep their offensive weaponry among the best in the league. Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, Hayden Hurst and Pitts would be an impossible collection of skill players to stop, even if Jones is on the decline. If the Falcons stay put, Pitts is the game-changer I would expect them to target.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase

The Bengals could gravitate toward Penei Sewell at No. 5, but I think the addition of Riley Reiff in free agency and the solid 2020 campaign by Jonah Williams could cause them to opt for more weapons in the passing game. Reuniting Chase with Joe Burrow just makes too much sense, as the two had elite chemistry during that magical 2019 season at LSU. Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon would give the Bengals all the weapons they need, and allow them to use day 2 and day 3 of the draft to fortify the interior offensive line.

6. Miami Dolphins – Oregon OT Penei Sewell

The Dolphins could easily prioritize another weapon for Tua Tagovailoa, but I think they’ll continue to rebuild their offensive line, an effort which began in earnest in last year’s draft. Sewell could play left tackle, Austin Jackson would move to right tackle and Robert Hunt would slide inside to guard. It could be a move that makes three positions better, if Miami believes Jackson could make the switch to the right side.

7. Detroit Lions – Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle

I still think the Lions gravitate toward Waddle, as that offense is in desperate need of an explosive weapon that they can rely on in the passing game. Waddle’s ability to play inside and outside while making an impact in the quick game or down the field will make life a lot easier for whoever ends up at quarterback long term in Detroit.

8. Carolina Panthers – Ohio State QB Justin Fields

Carolina might not be able to sit at No. 8 and land Fields, but I didn’t want to throw any more trade scenarios out there in this mock draft. Fields might end up as the best quarterback in this class, and he’ll have a great offensive coordinator for his first year in the NFL with Joe Brady holding the reins for Carolina. The Panthers have been desperate to land a quarterback this offseason, so a move for Sam Darnold before the draft isn’t out of the question either.

9. Denver Broncos – Alabama QB Mac Jones

If Denver were smart, they would be aggressive to move up in the draft, to No. 4 or No. 5, in order to land one of the top four quarterbacks in the class. But I could also see them falling in love with Mac Jones, who improved his stock a ton this past season at Alabama. Jones is athletically and physically limited to a degree, but he’s still capable in those areas, and throws with excellent accuracy and timing from the pocket. I think he’s a better prospect than Drew Lock because he plays with more consistency and poise. The question is how high Jones’ ceiling can be in the NFL, and if he’ll ever be the type of quarterback to get a team to the promised land.

10. Dallas Cowboys – South Carolina Jaycee Horn

The Cowboys added one aggressive cornerback in last year’s draft in Trevon Diggs, then added two physical defensive backs in Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee this offseason. It appears Dallas is fully aware how soft they played defensively last season, and desperately want to change that mentality moving forward. Horn isn’t Jalen Ramsey as a prospect, but in many ways he feels like an opportunity for Dallas to make up for passing on the Rams’ cornerback to select Ezekiel Elliott years ago. Horn will add a mental edge to the Cowboys secondary that it currently lacks, while also giving them a potential shutdown cornerback to pair with the budding Diggs moving forward.

11. New York Giants – Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater

A lot of people think that the Giants will target a wide receiver, but I’m not so sure they will. Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard are now under contract long term, and the Giants clearly love what they’ve seen from Darius Slayton as their other outside receiver. In a deep wide receiver class, it would surprise me if Dave Gettleman went with a pass catcher early in the draft. They’ve also spent a ton of resources on their secondary, so I doubt we see a cornerback selected at No. 11 either.

The Giants could be a trade down candidate, especially if they feel great about their current starting lineup. I could also see them fall in love with the physicality and zone scheme fit of Slater, who would play inside at guard for the Giants. Linebacker Micah Parsons would be an ideal fit too, but his character concerns could scare off a GM like Gettleman and a head coach like Joe Judge.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – Alabama CB Patrick Surtain

Many will want the Eagles to pick up Alabama WR Devonta Smith with this mock draft pick, but I think it’ll be another Crimson Tide player who attracts the Philadelphia brass. Surtain is a versatile cover corner who can play inside and outside and has experience in a variety of schemes from his time in Nick Saban’s defense. Darius Slay and Surtain would finally return great cornerback play to Philly after a long hiatus.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

What do the Patriots do in such a scenario with all the QB’s off the board? I guess BB can build a stronger defense and just fortify it further.

Captain Sly
4 months ago

Falcons are drafting a QB. No way anybody pass up on the three 1st rd picks the niners were offering to move up. Justin Fields won’t fall that far.

Dave
4 months ago

It’s just crazy to me that Mac Jones went from an early 2nd rounder, to a late first rounder, to a mid first rounder, to a top 10 pick. What has changed? He’s not a top 10 talent. Anyone that takes him top 10 is severely reaching based on need. His upside is very limited

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Dave
4 months ago

Major difference of opinion among the “experts” around Jones. Some feel he is second or third best QB in class and others feel the way you do. I tend to agree with you. I don’t see him getting it done at the next level.

Dave
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
4 months ago

Yeah people are all over the board on him. You always hear people say, evaluate players in a vacuum, and don’t put as much stock into the stats and W-L record. But with Jones, it’s hard to evaluate him in a vacuum. Because he had arguably the best offense around him, I’ve ever seen. It’s impossible to evaluate what he would have done or looked like playing QB at North Dakota St, instead of Trey Lance. The physical tools just aren’t there for Jones. I watched his pro day today, and he’s not in very good shape. Kind of has… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Dave
geno711
Reply to  Dave
4 months ago

So, when I first saw draft values on Mac Jones, it was by the draft network type of people. Once those guys started talking to the GM’s and coaches, his value has always been in the 1st round. It is the fan’s that get over impressed with arm strength and 40 times on QB’s generally. I watched his pro day too. Others watching on the NFL Network were impressed even though he had none of his studs to throw to. The biggest two knocks against him is that he had the most talent so it was somehow easy for him… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  geno711
4 months ago

I definitely agree that fans get caught up in the glamour things. And I agree that 40 times for a QB are overrated. In fact, by and large, they’re completely irrelevant. One thing I will say is, for a QB that’s not very fast, athletic, or mobile, i think you need to have elite processing, or you need to have either elite accuracy or arm strength. He doesn’t seem to be elite in any of those areas. Very good in accuracy and processing for sure though. So it’ll be interesting. I tend to think it’ll be very hard for him… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Dave
Spitfire
Reply to  geno711
4 months ago

The problem is that Jones could be making his receivers look like top level talent as much as the opposite. Who knows how he would have done at North Dakota, maybe better because he played against way worse defenses. How can you knock a guy that got recruited by a team like Alabama instead of a guy having to settle on North Dakota? In the end it’s almost impossible to know which QB will have the best NFL career, you gotta figure out if he has the ability and most importantly, the temperament and the leadership skills. The rest is… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

True. Entirely possible man. Can’t disagree there. At the end of the day, all you can do, is watch the tape, and come up with the most informed analysis you possibly can. Only time will tell how these guys turn out right

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Pete Wood
4 months ago

The Bucs are set at QB, TE, and WR, the first niine picks of the draft. I am so glad that Bucs are in a position to draft BPA in every round. Some teams are doing crazy crap to move up in the draft and snag a QB. San Francisco, what are you thinking?
In Jason we trust.

thegeebo
4 months ago

It would surprise me that a team would move up to 3 to take Trey Lance, who seems like the biggest question mark among the QB prospects. Justin Fields played better, against tougher competition, with a bigger sample size. if Lance goes before Fields I think there will be a lot of regret in San Fran.

Dave
Reply to  thegeebo
4 months ago

Fields is obviously more proven. The catch to what you said is….Fields was surrounded by much more talent than Lance was. Had a better OLine than Lance did. And Fields Buckeyes were almost always the best team on the field. All that aside, it’s hard not to watch Lance tape/Pro Day, and not be impressed. He is an extremely gifted thrower and runner. As far as Fields is concerned, I could be the wrong guy to ask. I think Fields is overrated. And if I was drafting, I’d have him either 4th or 5th among the top QB’s. His short… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Dave
lambeau
4 months ago

No way Jimmy G stays–he goes to the Patriors and 49ers have to get Minshew for now.

PissedOffBuc1988
4 months ago

Surtain 2 is what you call “dad’s son”. You draft him and don’t have to worry about the position for at least 5-7 years.

Dave
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
4 months ago

100% agreed. The dude is a pure stud in the making. Felt the same about AWJ. Except a stud corner is more valuable than a stud safety. PS2 is a sure thing, and SHOULD go top 12.